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Best Outdoor Activities in Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry is a non-profit organization in Minneapolis which focuses on uniting people with nature by conducting outdoor adventure activities such as canoeing, white-water rafting, kayaking, rafting, dogsledding, hiking and wildlife safaris in diverse geographical locations from around the globe. The tours are led by experienced trail guides who ensure that you experience the beauty of nature in its truest form.

Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Midtown Greenway

Midtown Greenway is a railway trail spanning 5.5 miles (8.8 kilometers) in Minneapolis featuring 2 one-way biking lanes and a two-way walking pathway. The trail is frequented by cyclists and fitness enthusiasts who like to take in the scenic beauty of Minneapolis' vast countryside. This railway trail also includes a bike center where you can rent or buy bikes from where you can also take a shower and be on your way.

Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Minneapolis by Bike

If you want to learn about Minneapolis while working up a sweat, try out the Minneapolis by Bike tours. These guided tours will take you across the city with options like the City Loop Tour, which covers the major highlights of the city, the Market Tour, which takes you through the major markets in the city, and Bike & Brew Tour that covers the major taprooms in town. The guide will give you tidbits about the history and anecdotes that surround the place. All gear and equipment are provided by the agency.

Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Gateway State Trail

This paved public trail follows the bed of the Soo Line Railroad from St. Paul to Stillwater. Whether biking, inline skating, running or walking, it will take you from the city to the country in 19 miles. The trail runs through residential neighborhoods, past parks, and through North St. Paul along Highway 36. Many of the municipalities have created access paths to the parks that sit along the way. A slight detour will take you to the Maplewood Community Center. Enjoy the view as you pass Lake Phalen, past the small community of Mahtomedi and into historic Stillwater. The last train passed this way in 1987, and markers along the way point out where some of the old train stations sat. There are also markers that tell about some of the wildlife along the way. Maps are available from the DNR office.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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